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Medical Virtual Reality Can Help Save Future Lives

Posted December 29, 2015 by in Uncategorized

Imagine a world in which doctors, surgeons, patients, and students have access to medical resources, learning videos, and actual procedural practice without consequences. Exciting, right? You may not be aware of this, but leading developers in Virtual Reality are actually doing this right now. Medical practitioners all over the world are turning to medical virtual reality to practice accurate surgical procedures that can be completed without major consequences. Beyond the current applications, medical Virtual Reality media is being created by several leading VR companies at reasonable price points, allowing doctors to access materials like this easier than in the past, when Virtual Reality was more expensive, and less than half as good.

Play Operation in a Realistic Setting

The applications for Virtual Reality in healthcare are expanding in both practicality and accessibility. As a result, VR is being used as simulation technology that surgeons can use to operate on realistic, accurate models. This gives surgeons precious experience without any risk, and implies that several doctors who are exposed to the type of simulation will have more experience before operating on a live patient.


Students can use Virtual Reality to learn high-risk procedures in a realistic and convincing environment. These procedures, since they can be reset with the press of a button, are arguably more cost effective than those on a real dummy patient, which is often cut open and worn-down after several students operate on them. Students can also practice procedures that are unusual, or not frequently used. This creates an advanced level of experience for those who have not done actual procedures yet, and the expectation is that the level of preparedness is expected to rise as VR in medical education continues to expand.

Diagnoses, Therapy, and Treatment

Patients and doctors alike can actually use Virtual Reality together in various forms of clinical treatment. Doctors can diagnose patients based on stimuli created in VR that is designed to trigger symptoms, such as PTSD or various phobias. The implications for this kind of therapy in a clinical setting are immense. The patient will often wear VR gear as the doctor or therapist coaches them through a series of steps, all while documenting the patient’s isolated encounters with sounds, objects, and visual stimulation. While there is heavy research still being conducted on VR therapy, it is still expanding, and there is anticipation of successful diagnosis technique development in the near future.

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